[amsat-bb] Advise and/or Help

JoAnne K9JKM joanne.k9jkm at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 16:04:50 UTC 2016

> Also, as Bob Bruninga will tell you, set the EL at 15-20 degrees.

Following Bob's advice here for fixed elevation of 20 degrees works well.
I've got my 6 element 145 MHz and 8 element 435 MHz cheap yagis on a TV

On 145 MHz I can copy and decode the AO-73 weekend mode beacon ~37 mW at 700
miles range with no preamp. 

I've found that the tighter beamwidth of 8 elements on 435 MHz requires
closer tracking (manually) and occasionally I need to wait for the
satellite's elevation to get low enough to get back in the antenna pattern.

A basic setup like this will get you on the air. There is plenty of room for
improvement but that is part of the fun too.

73 de JoAnne K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat.org

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